we have a aaa credit rating and are in great shape there. when you see what's happening to maryland and the other five states, the result of this partisan bickering in congress, this right-wing agenda of the tea party that wants to literally sink our economic recovery, it makes all governors, democrats and republicans, go listen, what's going on down there, this makes no sense. yes, vermont is in good shape in that regard. but when you see other states that are in pretty good shape being threatened by this inaction, by this inability to get things done in washington, it makes all governors, democrats, republicans, it doesn't matter what party you are go hey, come on now, get it together down there. this is not how we do things in america and this is not what americans want. i think the most important point is this. you know, americans really don't care that much about democrat, republican, independent, about party politics. they want results. they want to know why they don't have a job. they want to know why their paycheck isn't going up. we have an opportunity for economic prosperity in america, but not if democracy can't work.